In decline – a solution of bravery

Bass fishing conservation

As passionate bass fishermen, we should be equally as passionate about conserving and protecting the fisheries where we catch and experience the fishing. This may require a different thought process in relation to method time and even place. The video above demonstrates one mans passion to protect and conserve with the ability to adapt in a changing angling environment.

Now let me ask you a question – can you apply similar thinking to bass fishing? – think about it…..the same reason this man went swinging for steelhead is the same reason I started fly fishing for bass. We don’t, of course, all have to become saltwater fly fishermen but we can change a mindset, a strategy, a location, a technique.


I believe that bass fishing is about coastal experiences. So much of the fish is about the places where we find them. The things we see hear and smell on the way, there and back. The moments, the company, the fun, the challenges we face, the learning, the environments within which we find ourselves trying and reaching further, creating the memories and some of the understanding we now have that the fish and the fishing has given us.

The change in my fishing was borne of circumstances beyond my control and beyond the parameters of how I felt I could run my bass angling guiding business. I will no longer continue to guide for bass and seatrout fishing for many reasons but I am happy now to mostly spend my time on the coast with personal saltwater fly fishing in mind. This decision has not been easy, but at this time there are simply too many circumstances and aspects that currently exist in Irish bass fishing that make the change one that I am very happy to have made. This change has also allowed me time for considerable reflection.

Taken from my ABOUT page

I dreamed of this once…

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